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Ski fresh powder, play golf – it’s February in Colorado

Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News

Fresh powder in the mountains, golf weather on the Front Range … February doesn’t get much better than this in Colorado.

Denver is expecting a high of about 62 degrees today, more than a dozen degrees above normal for this time of year. Gusts could blow off some sun hats on strolls through the park.

Meanwhile, the mountains are expecting 3 to 6 inches of new snow starting this morning and continuing through Tuesday morning.

Metro Denver’s warm stretch should last through the weekend, with temperatures ranging from four to 17 degrees above the normal high of 49.

Tuesday will be sunny with a high near 56, say National Weather Service meteorologists.

Wednesday will be almost identical with a high of about 65.

Thursday will be 58 and Friday will be the coldest day of the week, with a high of 54 under mostly sunny skies.

Saturday and Sunday will be in the mid- to upper 50s.

The high country will see strong winds with today’s snowstorm, with gusts up to 45 mph in the higher mountain areas. Drivers will have to contend with poor visibility on mountain highways.

A very moist but warm Pacific weather disturbance will pass over Colorado today and tonight, but will shed its precipitation west of the Divide.

Aspen is expecting about 4 inches of snow today with a high near 43. Snow is in the forecast every day through Friday.

By the weekend, the highs should be around 40 in Aspen.

Steamboat should get about an inch of snow today, some rain mixed in this evening and then some more snow overnight.

It will be warm enough Tuesday in Steamboat Springs that the precipitation is likely to fall as rain.

The chances of precipitation continue through the work week.

South central Colorado, including the cities of Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City, remains under a red-flag warning, the conditions so dry and the winds gusty enough that any brush fire could quickly get out of control.

Interstate 70 is wet and slushy from Georgetown to Avon, but so far this morning the only spot on that stretch that is seeing snow is Vail Pass.

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